Well Folks... After about 24 days of working Dave and I are taking 2 days OFF 
and heading to our Oasis on the Eastern Shore to celebrate Valentine's Day! Our 
Spirits need the reviving and I am so looking forward to this. Is anyone else planning 
on celebrating valentines day this weekend?

What are your plans?

What makes you feel Sexy?

In Honor of Valentine's Day. I am turning up the heat here at Meant for a Moment 
and I am asking... What makes you feel sexy? I feel like it is important for a woman 
to feel sexy for herself, not jus for her man. So if you were thinking on what made 
you feel sexy and confident (because the words are synonymous) what would it be? 
Would it be red pumps and glossy lips or tousled hair and a flirty smile? Are you the 
most confident in jeans climbing a mountain beaded in sweat or longing in a teeshirt 
reading your favorite book. Sexy should be a happy place. So where do you find 
your sexy place? 


Did you have an Imaginary Friend

"Ill eat you up, I love you so."

Did you have an imaginary friend when you were little? I imagined that all of 
my stuffed animals came to life when I left the room so I had to strategically 
place them next to their "best friend" (yup, each were paired with a best) so that 
when they 'came to' they would wake up next to their best friend and they could 
begin their adventure for the day, kind of like Toy Story I guess, but I remember 
always being very burdened by the meticulous attention it required. I had one 
very special stuffed animal named "Kitty" whom I carried everywhere for a 
while. But remembering back, she never 'spoke' to me, or carried me off on 
adventures, she just hung out and kept me company.

I also thought everything had feelings... like my carpet... {?} Hated the idea of 
getting new carpet because I didn't want to hurt my blue carpets feelings. I am 
pretty sure this made things difficult for my parents; "But Tara a new carpet is
going to be clean and pretty."

What about you? Do you have memories like this? Or children that have 
imaginary friends? I would love to hear. xox


Austin Kleon, 'Steals like an Artist'

It turns out, Austin Kleon, the writer and artist behind these creative black out prints is 
pretty awesome. Reading these prints that are made from blacking out newspapers 
makes me laugh a bit. And it also really makes me want to grab a newspaper and a 
sharpi, but I will save that for the weekend. 

As I did my research into Austin Kleon I learned that he is a speaker, and a darn good
one. He speaks about 'Stealing like an Artist' and makes some encouraging points, he 
even brings Ben Franklin into it. So I encourage you to visit his site and check out some 
of his videos for a little inspiration. 


Roller Skates for Valentines Day

After seeing the Christmas episode of The New Girl, I decided that Roller Skates are 
in fact the prefect gift for any occasion. And luckily we have just the occasion coming 
up, Valentines Day! Welcome back to the 80's xox. Wouldn't it be so fun to get a pair 
for each of you and skate around everywhere {everywhere} Im talking kitchen, 
bathroom (imagine the stories, haha), restaurant, movies... Oh the ridiculous fun. 
It promises for an unforgettable day.

You can purchase his and her skates here. {!}


Rehearsal Dinner Dress... Oh Joy

I don't usually indulge myself in dresses... but I have had my eye out for the perfect 
rehearsal dinner dress. Oh what fun! P.S I highly recommend you follow the link to #4, 
its got a low lacy back and is amazing. 1. Ruche 2. Ruche 3. Zara 4. Urban Outfitters 

Shout, Illustrations

I wondered over to Illustration Friday this morning looking for some inspiration and 
found some within the illustrations of 'Shout' I love the unique layouts, color and 
simplicity of his art. 

And I love this little tidbit on how he got the name Shout:

Well, of course I have to start from this question, although you must have said it many times in past and sick of it… Can you tell the readers about how you came about using name Shout?
Yes of course.
Between 2002 and 2005 I was represented by a Canadian illustration agent.  They were nice but they didn’t allow me to try different ways of expression.  I wanted to change my visual language but they didn’t let me do that. I signed an exclusive contract with them so I had no choice.
They started representing me in 2002, and I think they were scared of loosing some clients by showing different styles from me, although I didn’t work so often with them at that time. Maybe only about 2 assignments a month, almost always with clients you have never heard of who didn’t have good budgets…
Anyway, during that time, I never stopped creating work for myself, looking for my own voice. I worked very hard, trying and trying again. It finally ‘clicked’ in October 2005. That month, I found a way. My way.
It was an assignment that gave me a spark; I tried to think more on the concept and put less attention on the “make up”. I was enthusiastic of the outcome but the client rejected my sketches. At that point I decided I have to do this all by myself.
For one of my first illustrations, I made a new brand name: Shout, a man shouting from a bottom of a hole in the ground.  I chose the name to hide myself from the agent. I started looking for clients on my own. In 6 months I collected more than 2000 art director’s email addresses. That worked immediately. This was how Shout was born and I left the agency.
Now I have some problem going back with my real name, but I eventually will.

Love that. 
Pop over to Illustration Friday for the entire interview


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